Politicians and moral crusaders insist we need sweeping new laws to combat a so-called sex trafficking crisis. But their claims are easily disproven by the facts.
Contra to what the Simpsons' creators seem to think, questions about Apu aren’t a newly manufactured drama — they've been around forever, but only now are South Asian Americans being heard.
Washington is blaming Facebook for problems that emerged long before social networking — and ignoring its own role in the crisis.
Marginalized groups often act as "patient zero" for regressive new laws, and a new bill that cuts away broad protections for online speech is no different.
It is not enough to memorialize Dr. King — in the Trump era, we must continue his work and keep his dream alive.
Drug users don't take heroin because of postindustrial despair — they do it because withdrawal feels worse than anything you can imagine.
Race has long been a potent way of defining differences between human beings. But science and the categories it constructs do not operate in a political vacuum.
The call to simply abandon Facebook assumes its easy to disentangle yourself from the social network. For many people, it isn't.
Young people need to know that if you protest violence in this country, some will think you're protesting the country itself — and you will be met with violence.
Facebook's CEO is an unelected oligarch. When Democrats retake the House, we must hold him accountable.
Physics made the atomic bomb and chemistry created nerve gas. Today, computer scientists need to confront the weaponization of their work.
People see Appalachia as the "other America," but that blinds them to the causes of inequality in the region — and throughout the American system.
A healthy society requires a vibrant, free press. But on an individual level, you might feel healthier by avoiding the news entirely.
I was more than happy to do some damage to an arrogant man known for racially charged language. Then something changed.
Critics say Trump was foolish to agree to a meeting without extracting anything meaningful in return. They're wrong.
Not long after an assault weapons ban expired, Sanders voted to give gunmakers wide-ranging legal immunity. The result has been catastrophic.
Even insiders struggle to follow the plot of the Mueller investigation. But the politics of corruption are simple: Voters hate it.
When you know you're innocent, it's easy to speak with investigators. But when you know you're guilty, it's a different matter.
In cities across the United States, surgeons and first responders are becoming experts in a kind of medicine typically learned in war zones.
Young people lead healthier and safer sex lives than ever before. But people still claim porn is turning them into degenerates.
As news companies come to depend on paying subscribers, their dollars will influence editorial independence just as easily as corporate advertisers once did.
Pretending to uncover the truth, while striving to conceal actual facts, is the only way Republicans can distract attention from the Russia investigation.
For once, regular people have found a way to exploit a poorly worded federal regulation to their advantage — something the rich and powerful do constantly, almost as a matter of principle.
Opinion: Their work demands the constant creation and affirmation of sexual limits in a professional setting — something most people clearly struggle with.
Opinion: We’re living in the middle movie of a trilogy, where the bad guys keep on winning and hope fades. But this Sunday, Philly could turn the tide.
Opinion: Native women took the lead at Women's Marches across the country this month. Some say the result was "a theater of performative listening."
There's a reason why our government kills, spies, and detains in similar ways no matter who occupies the Oval Office. And it's not going away.
Opinion: User reviews might work when you’re shopping for a phone charger on Amazon, but crowdsourcing “news” was what got us into this mess in the first place.
How is this not a bigger scandal? Perhaps because most people only care about gymnastics once every four years — and all the victims were girls and women.
Trump won't do much right, but at least he could end our national obsession with cheating politicians.
The two Koreas are moving quickly to ease tensions in the lead-up to the Winter Olympics. But the process depends on the US getting seriously involved.
Debating whether something is criminal or merely gross and unacceptable distracts us from the conversations needed to make things better.
I helped coordinate the historic lawsuits against Big Tobacco in the 1990s. As the government confronts the opioid crisis, it must learn from our mistakes.
Opinion: “Merry Christmas” doesn’t stand for a celebration of the incarnation or Judeo-Christian values in a politically correct society — it replaces those meanings.
In an effort to stack federal courts with right-wing judges, the Trump administration has nominated a slew of terrible candidates.
As the center turns belligerent and dismissive of minorities, the edges reconsider their place in the world.
It claws and gnashes well above its weight. It can't kill a lion or an alligator, but it won't run away from them either. The honey badger is Russia in 2017.
Decades ago it was pharmaceuticals, oil and food. Now tech giants want data to be the next frontier in the free trade agenda.
We no longer know the formula for a winning candidate, or which elections are winnable. But in 2018, we know we can win almost anywhere.
Nobody can escape 2017, a year when the aesthetics of white nationalists even made their way into a queer salon in Brooklyn.
Workplace harassment is about power, not desire. And it's a symptom of deep economic and professional inequality.
There is no amount of sorry that can undo the harm of a sexual predator. The best thing they can do is leave.
Women drove the early conversation about the power of online platforms. Now that it has gone mainstream, the usual suspects are hijacking it.
Domestic work is done overwhelmingly by women of color and immigrants, and a long, racist history means they still aren't protected like other workers.
Reports of sexual harassment destroyed his reputation and his career. But I want to talk about the deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics.
Half of all American women work at a restaurant at some point in their lives, and there's a proven way to reduce the industry's shocking level of harassment.
Until the women who clean hotel rooms and wait tables are part of the conversation, the floodgates aren't truly open.
Voters care more about their daily commute than the latest flavor-of-the-week moral crusade, and that's why a trans woman won a Virginia election.
What does it look like when a news site is born on the internet? We were one of the first places to figure it out, and now it's all over.
6,000 Americans were killed by cars while walking city streets last year. As terrorists embrace this deadly power, car-free cities make even more sense.